New demerits system for youth crime

New Zealand First is proposing a radical overhaul of the youth justice system in a new member's bill which will introduce a demerit points system for youth offenders. “This type of demerit points system structure will outline stricter enforcement... Read More

Delegation to Texas and Silicon Valley

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins is leading a petroleum sector trade delegation to Texas and an electricity sector trade delegation to Silicon Valley next week. Ms Collins will be accompanied by a petroleum sector delegation, which includes... Read More

NZ provides $3 million in famine relief

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will provide $3 million to support emergency famine relief and prevention efforts in Africa and Yemen. “More than 20 million people are currently facing famine conditions or severe... Read More

Whenua Maori Fund success continues

Maori land owners' aspirations for their whenua are being realised with support from the Whenua Maori Fund says Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell. Just 13 months after the Whenua Maori Fund opened, Te Puni Kokiri has successfully... Read More

Support for NZ China Young Leaders Forum

Funding of $25,000 to support the New Zealand China Young Leaders Forum 2017 was announced today by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye. “This one-day forum provides an opportunity to facilitate dialogue, connections and partnerships between young leaders... Read More

NZ commits to Fiji border security

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a commitment to help strengthen Fiji's border security. New Zealand Customs will provide support and training for the transformation of Fiji's Revenue and Customs Authority through an almost $1... Read More

First World War video series launched

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says New Zealand's First World War stories have been brought to life through a series of short animated videos, with the first released today. “The videos highlight the different perspectives... Read More

E-commerce to benefit digital sector

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the electronic-commerce arrangement signed with China today will help New Zealand's digital exports rise up the value chain and has the potential to be a big win for the wider digital economy. “E-commerce provides... Read More

McCully welcomes cooperation with China

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today signed two arrangements with China aimed at strengthening cooperation in the areas of fisheries and international development, particularly in the Pacific region. The arrangements were signed in Wellington as... Read More

Valuable chilled meat agreement

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Trade Minister Todd McClay have welcomed a Memorandum of Cooperation that allows for the export of chilled meat into China, calling it a big win for exporters. “This is a fantastic step forward for New... Read More



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